• Craft Summit: Picturing the Planet

    Images of the natural world - and humankind’s impact on it - are a powerful way to raise awareness and encourage action. But does showing the beauty of the natural world detract from what we’re doing to it? What are the different ways to film environmental stories? In this session, cinematographers will discuss their approaches, and give us behind the scenes stories to their most memorable shots.

  • The Light Cinema Free Screen

    Discover our outdoor free screen where we’ll showcase shorts and feature documentaries from around the world. Situated off Howard Street, this is available for the enjoyment of the general public as well as the festival delegates. During the day, we will show shorts covering a variety of themes, and in the evening we will show a feature film. On Friday, the slots will be as follows:

    9:00 - Docsercise 1
    Start your morning right with our daily retro aerobics hour, preparing you for a more advanced reality.

    10:00 - Green Screens 1
    A collection of shorts covering all aspects of our beautiful and complex relationship with our planet.

    11:00 - Global Citizens 2
    These films showcase internationality, incorporating filmmakers from all over the world.

    12:00 - Access All Areas 2
    These films attempt to increase visibility of disability on screen.

    13:00 - NOWNESS
    A series of shorts curated by global video channel NOWNESS.

    14:00 - Queer Perspectives 2
    A series of films by and about individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, examining the importance of identity and community in the face of oppression.

    15:00 - Women on Screen 2
    A focus on the remarkable work, stories, and talents of women from around the globe.

    16:00 - Random Acts
    A collection of visually arresting shorts from Channel 4’s Random Acts.

    17:00 - The Guardian 1
    A collection of informative documentaries from The Guardian.

    18:00 - VICE 2
    A selection of cutting-edge documentaries provided by VICE.

    19:00 - Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
    Narrated by Jodie Foster, this is a feature length documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, which explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create.

  • The Light Cinema Free Screen

    Discover our outdoor free screen where we’ll showcase shorts and feature documentaries from around the world. Situated off Howard Street, this is available for the enjoyment of the general public as well as the festival delegates. During the day, we will show shorts covering a variety of themes, and in the evening we will show a feature film. On Saturday, the slots will be as follows:

    9:00 - Docsercise 2
    Start your morning right with our daily retro aerobics hour, preparing you for a more advanced reality.

    10:00 - VICE 3
    A selection of cutting-edge documentaries provided by VICE.

    11:00 - The Guardian 2
    A collection of informative documentaries from The Guardian.

    12:00 - Jessica Bishopp
    A focus on the work of Jessica Bishopp, whose experimental films expose the magic in the mundane.

    13:00 - Access All Areas 1
    These films attempt to increase visibility of disability on screen.

    14:00 - Women on Screen 1
    A focus on the remarkable work, stories, and talents of women from around the globe.

    15:00 - Green Screens 2
    A collection of shorts covering all aspects of our beautiful and complex relationship with our planet.

    16:00 - Global Citizens 3
    These films showcase internationality, incorporating filmmakers from all over the world.

    17:00 - Made In Yorkshire 2
    A selection of films featuring work by local directors and producers.

    18:00 - Queer Perspectives 1
    A series of films by and about individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, examining the importance of identity and community in the face of oppression.

    19:00 - The Great Pretenders
    Set at TribFest, a tribute festival in Yorkshire, this feature length documentary looks at tribute bands and the individuals behind them.

  • The Light Cinema Free Screen

    Discover our outdoor free screen where we’ll showcase shorts and feature documentaries from around the world. Situated off Howard Street, this is available for the enjoyment of the general public as well as the festival delegates. During the day, we will show shorts covering a variety of themes, and in the evening we will show a feature film. On Sunday, the slots will be as follows:

    9:00 - Docsercise 1
    Start your morning right with our daily retro aerobics hour, preparing you for a more advanced reality.

    10:00 - Made In Yorkshire 1
    A selection of films featuring work by local directors and producers.

    11:00 - NOWNESS
    A series of shorts curated by global video channel NOWNESS.

    12:00 - Random Acts
    A collection of visually arresting shorts from Channel 4’s Random Acts.

    13:00 - Women on Screen 2
    A focus on the remarkable work, stories, and talents of women from around the globe.

    14:00 - VICE 1
    A selection of cutting-edge documentaries provided by VICE.

    15:00 - Global Citizens 1
    These films showcase internationality, incorporating filmmakers from all over the world.

    16:00 - Jessica Bishopp
    A focus on the work of Jessica Bishopp, whose experimental films expose the magic in the mundane.

    17:00 - Green Screens 1
    A collection of shorts covering all aspects of our beautiful and complex relationship with our planet.

    18:00 - Access All Areas 2
    These films attempt to increase visibility of disability on screen.

    19:00 - Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
    Narrated by Jodie Foster, this is a documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, which explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create.

  • The Light Cinema Free Screen

    Discover our outdoor free screen where we’ll showcase shorts and feature documentaries from around the world. Situated off Howard Street, this is available for the enjoyment of the general public as well as the festival delegates. During the day, we will show shorts covering a variety of themes, and in the evening we will show a feature film. On Thursday, the slots will be as follows:

    12:00 - Made In Yorkshire 1
    A selection of films featuring work by local directors and producers.

    13:00 - Global Citizens 1
    These films showcase internationality, incorporating filmmakers from all over the world.

    14:00 - Access All Areas 1
    These films attempt to increase visibility of disability on screen.

    15:00 - Queer Perspectives 1
    A series of films by and about individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, examining the importance of identity and community in the face of oppression.

    16:00 - Dazed
    A series of shorts from Dazed, covering contemporary experiences.

    17:00 - VICE 1
    A selection of cutting-edge documentaries provided by VICE.

    18:00 - Women on Screen 1
    A focus on the remarkable work, stories, and talents of women from around the globe.

    19:00 - The Great Pretenders
    Set at TribFest, a tribute festival in Yorkshire, this feature length documentary looks at tribute bands and the individuals behind them.

  • A Soft Rebellion in Paradise (Paradise Square)

    Conceived in response to Sheffield’s proud history as a city known for its political activism, and more especially as the city where the UK’s first women’s suffrage organisation was founded in 1851, artist Chloë Brown questions the systematic contemporary and historical silencing of woman’s voices.

    The film was shot on location in Paradise Square, the historical site of many protests, and was produced by an all-female cast and crew.
    A Soft Rebellion in Paradise proposes a powerful invocation, a call-to-arms for the voices of women to be heard.

    This is the international premiere of A Soft Rebellion in Paradise, commissioned by Arts Council England through Sheffield Culture Consortium.

  • Criminal Justice: Letting the Cameras In

    Three years in the making, this landmark C4 series, with unprecedented access to multiple agencies – police, prison, parole and probation - aims to get to the heart of the modern dilemmas within the criminal justice system. We talk to leading people within the System, to assess the process of letting documentary cameras inside and explore how criminal justice is analysed via modern day documentary-making, pioneering a novel blend of present-tense observational filming and past-tense archive storytelling.

    Supported by Channel 4

  • Exploring the Archives - FOCAL International Drinks

    Archives are the future of storytelling. Come meet the FOCAL team and our unique Archive Libraries and Researcher members from across the globe for drinks. Find out how to delve into the world’s incredible film and TV archives to unearth discoveries for your next project. The future of production lies in the past.

    Supported by FOCAL

  • Craft Summit: Close to the Edit

    Some say that the cutting room is where the real documentary magic happens. With stories from their recent work, hear the insight and experience of leading editors on their role in the creative process. What's the relationship between director and editor in the cutting room? How different is editing for TV and cinema? And should the director always be close to the edit?

  • Meet the Makers of Alternate Realities

    Venture into the realm of Alternate Realities – hear from the creators of immersive and interactive reality experiences that open up new perspectives on the health of the planet.

    No festival pass or ticket required. All events at Doc/Fest Exchange are free and open to all.

  • Meet the Makers of Alternate Realities

    Venture into the realm of Alternate Realities – hear from the creators of immersive and interactive reality experiences that open up new perspectives on the health of the planet.

    No festival pass or ticket required. All events at Doc/Fest Exchange are free and open to all.

  • Meet the Makers: Power of Podcasts

    Journalists and documentary makers often get to the heart of the action on the ground, bringing different voices to feature in coverage of the news. Covering social movements and social justice present unique challenges in this regard. Join Elizabeth Cassin, the producer of Guardian podcast, Today in Focus, to explore the power of podcasts.

    No pass or ticket required. All events in the Doc/Fest Exchange are free and open to all.

  • Romantic Comedy + Live Score by Summer Camp

    Presented with the world premiere of a live score from Sankey’s band, Summer Camp.

    Part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network

  • Lisbon Beat: The Afterparty (Theatre Deli)

    Vasco Viana and Rita Maia’s Lisbon Beat is a journey around Lisbon’s suburbs through the lives of a handful of musicians establishing their place in a city of complex identity struggles. We’ll be bringing the sounds of Lisbon’s underground to Sheffield, with DJ Rita Maia and special guests.